The MNAC and the Antoni Tāpies Foundation are preparing a joint retrospective of the work of Antoni Tāpies, to be held from June to October 2013 under the curatorship of Vicent Todolí. For its Barcelona presentation the exhibition will have two venues, the Antoni Tāpies Foundation and the MNAC. Subsequently, the exhibition will travel and it will be possible to see it in various museums in Latin America.
On his first incursion into the work of Antoni Tāpies, Vicent Todolí will be offering a new and personal view of the work of this Catalan artist, a view uncluttered by commonplaces and directed at an audience prepared to re-examine the work of one of the creators at the forefront of the history of contemporary art.
This show reveals the MNAC's ability to work with the whole of the 20th century, crossing the border of the 1940s, and responds to the wish of the Antoni Tāpies Foundation to give the figure of the artist the scope it needs and to work in partnership with the MNAC in constructing a genealogy of art in Catalonia.
The Presidents of the Boards of the MNAC and the Antoni Tāpies Foundation, Miquel Roca and Xavier Antich respectively, and the director of the MNAC, Pepe Serra, and of the Antoni Tāpies Foundation, Laurence Rassel, announced at a press conference that this exhibition signalled the start of a policy of collaboration between the two institutions which would create a new framework for partnerships between museums in this city and this country sharing the same missions and aims.
This new way of working will increase international outreach and is intended to showcase heritage and public collections through high-quality projects regardless of the ownership of the works or the facilities.
Picture: View of the Tāpies Room in the MNAC. Hieroglyphics (1944), by Antoni Tāpies